(Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com) – Amid a pro-life boycott over PepsiCo’s use of aborted fetal cells in flavor research it’s been called one of the “world’s most ethical companies.”
According to Ethisphere, the California based organization that produces the list, the ranking honors those companies that “go beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate those words into action,” and “demonstrate real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries.”
The recently released 2011 list names 110 companies, including Pepsi. Several other pro-life boycott targets were also included, such as Whole Foods and Marriott Hotels which have given support to Planned Parenthood.
The institute noted on its website that 26 companies which had previously been on the list were “dropped off” this year due to “ litigation and ethics violations, as well as increased competition from within their industry.”
Despite mounting outrage against Pepsi from consumers as well as a shareholder complaint, however, the soft drink company has never been removed from the list. In fact, Pepsi has touted itself as the only food and beverage producer to receive the honor every year since it was initiated in 2007.
While the soft drink company claimed in an email to LifeSiteNews that it does not “conduct or fund research that utilizes any human tissue or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetuses,” it did not deny the allegation in its response to a shareholder complaint over the research. Instead, the company told the Securities and Exchange Commission that shareholders should not be allowed to control whether a company uses aborted fetal cells in research since this “deals with matters related to the company’s ordinary business operations.”
Nearly 80% of Americans say they are Christian (78%, Rasmussen Reports 2010, Gallop 2010). Only 0.5% say they are Muslim (Gallop 2010).
“Pro-life groups and Christians are organizing and have decided to boycott PepsiCo, until its business practices line up with Christian ethics,” says a Christian pastor.